I’m not willing to take no for an answer on climate action. If we want to pass on to future generations a livable planet, we can’t wait any longer. Today, I joined the League of Conservation Voters, Climate Power, and several of my colleagues in the Senate and House for a virtual press conference to demand that we find a way forward on the generational climate investments in the Build Back Better Act.
VIDEO: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich calls for the passage of generational climate investments, January 4, 2022.
Young people across our country and around the globe are demanding that leaders in Washington pass real climate action. Now that we are back, the Senate needs to hear their calls to action. We must act immediately to find a way forward and pass the climate solutions and clean energy investments in the Build Back Better Act. Despite the obstacles that we’ve encountered in the larger negotiations with some of our fellow lawmakers, we cannot argue with the laws of physics.
The facts of what we are facing are clear. We just lived through yet another year of climate disasters that upended communities all across our country. New Mexicans can see the impacts of the climate crisis in the extreme wildfire behavior that our neighbors in Colorado just experienced in recent days. We can see the climate crisis in the dying cottonwoods straining under heat stress along the Rio Grande and in the rapidly shrinking water levels in reservoirs across our state due to reduced snowpack on our mountains.
We can’t accept this as the status quo, and we must do right by our children and future generations. That’s why I will never stop fighting for real solutions and transformative investments that meet this emergency head on. We have the opportunity before us to create new jobs, grow our economy, and save the future for our children. We need to get this done.
United States Senator